Park de­vel­op­ment sets bad prece­dent

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

My Dad was a proud vet­eran of the Sec­ond World War. He earned five medals for his war ser­vice, plus the Nether­lands medal awarded in 1995. His name is etched on a brick wall at Juno Beach.

As proud as he was, es­pe­cially for his role in the lib­er­a­tion of the Nether­lands, he was also, as many vet­er­ans are and were, ex­tremely hum­ble and self-con­scious about his ex­pe­ri­ences. This mon­stros­ity at Green Cove would make him turn in his grave.

Would I like to see a me­mo­rial site – some­where? Un­equiv­o­cally, yes! But this is no rep­re­sen­ta­tion of my Dad. The scale of this statue is not about hon­our­ing vet­er­ans. It screams money and power and os­ten­ta­tion, and most of all ego.

Adding in­jury to in­sult is the in­tru­sion of this pro­posed site on this lo­ca­tion at Green Cove. But I am go­ing to voice an ar­gu­ment I have not yet come across.

The Cabot Trail has been named by in­ter­na­tional mag­a­zines as one of the best drives in the world. Known for its nat­u­ral, spec­tac­u­lar scenic beauty, it drives much of our tourist in­dus­try on that fact alone.

Once the Cape Bre­ton High­lands Na­tional Park is opened to one de­vel­op­ment, it sets a prece­dent. Then, where does it stop?

If you want to get an idea of what ‘de­vel­op­ment’ can do, take a drive to Peggy’s Cove near Hal­i­fax. Yes, the cove and the light­house are still there, still breath­tak­ing. But be­fore you come to the vil­lage, you must pass through a cor­ri­dor of com­mer­cial­ism – a mile or so of signs and shops, which has no doubt spread even far­ther in both di­rec­tions of the high­way lead­ing to the cove. Two miles or more of spoilage be­cause it is in an un­pro­tected area.

Our na­tional parks are pro­tected for a rea­son – for the preser­va­tion of what we may never see any­where else, not ever again. Once Green Cove is dis­turbed, not only the ecol­ogy, but the essence of it is gone for­ever. Donna Troicuk Glace Bay

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